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Give your disabled child the gift of quality education: mother homeschooling her daughter

Give your disabled child the gift of quality education

While children with disabilities are not at greater risk of contracting the novel coronavirus, they are likely to be impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Although...
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Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT): Everything you need to know

Every parent-to-be experiences anxiety during pregnancy – after all, we all want our children to be as healthy and happy as possible. Although there...
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Our son with Down syndrome brings us a unique kind of joy

“Your child has a 99.9% chance of being born with Down syndrome. You have two choices, and you legally have a week to decide.” This...
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My Autistic son: what one mom did to help her child with special needs

When my son was born, he was perfect! He had 10 fingers and 10 toes, and was a healthy full-term baby! He was such an...
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Not all autistic people are good at maths and science – despite the stereotypes

Despite increased awareness of autism and the impact it can have on people’s lives, many autistic people continue to struggle against misleading stereotypes. Being autistic,...
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How to explain special needs to a child

The White Paper 6 of 2001 brought with it a new awareness of difference and diversity. Instead of having separate schools or classrooms for...
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Autism is just the correct spelling for awesome!

I am a mother of a four-year-old autistic boy. Since Reuben’s diagnosis, I work around the clock to try and help him improve his...
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Can you raise an autistic child to be bilingual – and should you try?

Diagnosed with autism and delayed language development, five-year-old Jose lives with his bilingual English-Spanish family in the UK. In addition to all the important...
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My Down syndrome child

Verity Farrell and her late husband decided not to have the standard chromosome tests when she fell pregnant with her fifth child at the...
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The ADHD brain versus a ‘normal’ brain

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) is a buzz phrase that is often used to describe children (and adults) who can’t sit still. But what...